Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

2015.01.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro, Aristotle on Perceiving Objects, Oxford University Press, 2014, 291pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199326006.
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2015.01.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro, Aristotle on Perceiving Objects, Oxford University Press, 2014, 291pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199326006. Reviewed by Mark A. Johnstone, McMaster University In this important new book, Anna Marmodoro considers Aristotle's theory of sense perception, focusing especially on his views on the unity of the perceptual faculty. Marmodoro's main goal is to defend a "metaphysically robust" interpretation of Aristotle's views on the "common sense," which she claims performs functions irreducible to those performed by the five individual senses. She argues that Aristotle needed to posit a genuinely unified common sense to account for the possibility of "complex perceptual content," by which she means content that incorporates input from more than one sense. In taking this stance, she defends what might be considered a more traditional view of the common sense and its role in perception for Aristotle,. . .

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